Summary: Urgent I/O error

From: Andrew G. Gittens (
Date: Tue Oct 01 1996 - 02:40:17 CDT

Hi Sun Managers,
Thanks greatly for the quick responses to my question.
Most of the solutions presented to me said to use format and try to
repair the bad block or mark it as defective. A couple others said the
drive was probably dead or dying.

I used the format solution which has seemed to solve the problem (at
least temporarily). But I am planning to replace the drive as soon as
funds are made available.

Thanks Again

Graham Gittens
Systems Manager
Vision Systems Software
P.O.Box 804, James Fort Building,
Hincks Street, Bridgetown

Following is my original question:

> "Andrew G. Gittens" <> wrote:
> > Hi Sun-Managers,
> > I have a Sparc 5 110MHz machine with a 1.05 Gb internal disk and two 2.1
> > Gb external disks in a multipack. The Power at my office went out on the
> > weekend and the system went down. On Resumption of the power the system
> > came up with an error and proceeded to make me do a manual fsck to try
> > to repair the drive. It removed a large number of blocks, did
> > adjustments and clears, but it is still giving me problems. The error in
> > the filesystem was in /var so now a large number of processes don't
> > work, modems etc. due to the fact that there is still a problem in that
> > filesystem.
> >
> > The error that I am getting when I try to do a mkdir /var/spool/locks is
> > as follows:-
> >
> > /iommu@0,10000000/sbus@0,10001000/espdma@5,8400000/esp@5,8800000/sd@3,0
> > (sd3):
> > Error for command 'read' Error Level: Fatal
> > Requested Block 81152, Error Block 381546
> > Sense Key: Media Error
> > Vendor 'IBM':
> > ASC = 0x11 (unrecovered read erro), ASCQ = 0x0, FRU = 0x0
> >
> > What exactly does this mean to my system and me? Do I have to reinstall
> > the OS (Solaris 2.4)? Repartition the drive? Buy a new drive?


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